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Sun Shines on AppIQ

Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and storage resource management software vendor AppIQ Inc. entered into a licensing and co-development deal today (see AppIQ Partners With Sun). And it looks as if their union could lead to a three-way relationship with Hitachi Data Systems (HDS). [Ed. note: Storage Trois, anyone?]

Sun’s deal with AppIQ is similar to one struck between AppIQ and Hitachi last October (see HDS Expands Software, Services). Sun and Hitachi also are partners; Hitachi is the OEM for Sun’s high-end SAN system.

Sun will incorporate AppIQ’s technology for heterogeneous storage management into its own storage management suite, branding the product as StorEdge Enterprise Storage Management, powered by AppIQ. It will mark the first time Sun has extended its storage management software across products other than its own. Availability is planned for late this year.

Hitachi incorporates AppIQ’s software in its HiCommand SAM (software application management) suite.

So what's the distinction between Sun and Hitachi when it comes to AppIQ? “The main difference between the two deals is the focus,” says Nancy Marrone-Hurley, senior analyst of the The Enterprise Storage Group Inc. “Hitachi integrated AppIQ into its storage, while Sun will integrate AppIQ into its systems environment. Now there’s the opportunity for the three of them to work together.”

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